“Shirley The Medium” is an initial recomposition of aspects from varied sources:

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Courage is unable to call Eustace not to open up the box. The is a dog and can’t speak English. Besides that, the adult don’t hear to that anyway.

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Also, in this episode, oneshortcoming is that Courage needsto you re welcome his owners, also though among them is outright horrible. Once he digs up a locked box he hand it end to Eustace after ~ overhearing Eustace complaining around his dead brother’s box of money. This leads to no finish of trouble.

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Courage desires to stop Eustace from opened a box.



There is a various desire, however, to set off the action. Courage wants to uncover his yo-yo. He runs out into the yard and also searches v his hole, which is the child-dog indistinguishable of a child’s toy box.


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There is plenty of chance for problem in this episode.

The dead brother, comically named ‘Horse’. Muriel tells us that over there was always a long-running feud between Eustace and also Horse. Eustace’s reaction to horse on his date of birth is comically over-the-top: “We have worked out our differences. He’s dead and also I’m not!” In the Pandora mythology, Prometheus (“Foresight”) and his brothers Epimetheus (“Hindsight”) likewise have a problematic relationship.Shirley the Medium, who Eustace dislikes — since Eustace instantly dislikes everyone. In this situation he doesn’t prefer handing end money because that a company he feeling hasn’t been provided. Courage, too, knows that nothing good will come the Shirley’s help to open up the box.Between Eustace and also Muriel — Muriel is conciliatory whereas Eustace alienates.Between Courage and also Eustace/Muriel, who won’t listen come him.The Minotaur opponent: The ghouls within the box. (This is also the least exciting opponent.)

Cleverly, the audience is not shown the ghouls. Rather we view Courage the town hall the ghouls.


Courage looks through the keyhole. This feels choose the finish of Rosemary’s Baby, wherein the audience never ever gets to watch ‘the baby’, only the characters’ reactions to the heinous thing. This trope is the end of cosmic horror, in which storytellers acknowledge that creatures left come the imagination will always be far an ext scary than creatures explained in full.

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It’s Horse’s birthdayCourage just happens to find a crate of money while looking for his yo-yoEustace simply happens to point out the crate of moneyAn advertisement for a psychic tool comes top top the telly simply as they’re discussing Horse and his unwillingness to pour out the beans on the money.

We have the right to make the most of this coincidences once writing comedy. That countless coincidences piled up are themselves comic.

Courage has currently lookedinto the box and knows there’s nothing good inside. That tries come alert the people who have the right to help. Eustace throws that aside (literally). Muriel is of a lot kinder nature and unwittingly turn off him up by shoving a taste-test that jam into his mouth.



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With Muriel and Eustace’s setup winning out, we room treated to a highly comedic succession in i m sorry Muriel talks to Gertrude, Horse’s dead wife, and also the an initial thing they talk around is how much vinegar come use when making jam. This starts turn off the jam-making subplot i beg your pardon will store Muriel populated in the kitchen when Eustace is hell bend on opened the box. Over there is likewise a dial tone ringing. The seance is treated prefer a realworld telephone call. Eustace, exclaims, “He never ever answers my calls!”

The phone template is ongoing when, can not to speak come Eustace using person language, it transforms out the is able to (perhaps) be interpreted if that is call on a phone. This means that the only reason Eustace cannot recognize Courage is since he knows from his type that the is a dog, and also if just he to be to listen very closely enough he’d recognize perfectly. The good thing around the setting is the it is fully desolate, so once the writers plonk a phone call booth out there the juxtaposition provides humour.



Eustace does uncover out yet that his brother has sewn the crucial to the box inside the lining that Eustace’s hat.

After the large struggle scene, ship must change his plan. The goesto uncover Shirley the tool so she have the right to put the situation right. He carries her back to the residence for a 2nd time whereby she, and only, she has the strength to (simply) closeup of the door the box.

Although the is Shirley that puts the finishing touch on saving the day, the main saviour is Courage, that not just retrieves Shirley, but has the idea of tying the house up with rope so the at least the ghouls room contained. He gets the rope native the washing line.



Hilariously, ~ above the cusp the imminentdeath, Muriel asks if he’s folded up the washing first. (He has. “What a great dog!”)


The ‘thread thread’ is continued across scenes — when Courage reaches Shirley at she TV studio she happens to it is in flossing she teeth. This is a clever transition.


BIG STRUGGLE

This episode has a moral: Greed will certainly lead you to trouble. There’s nothing subtle around it. We’ve currently seen in a previous episode an additional deadly sin utilised — both Eustace and also his mother are vain (about their lack of hair). Greed is connected with the colour eco-friendly — possibly much more so in America, wherein money is literally eco-friendly — so it’s fitting that the whole room irradiate up environment-friendly when Eustace opens up the box.


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The home itself has had its ‘belt tightened’ — a generally understood English idiom to indicate austerity.

The jam subplot is concluded through Muriel sitting on the rocking chair eating it out of the pot. Eustace calls out from the box, “Hey, have the right to I buy part jam?” Muriel claims he have the right to eat jam just as quickly as they discover the an essential for the box.

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The best of the Courage illustration have terrific closing scenes in which Courage turns to the audience and delivers a joke just for them. Below he discover to us that the is hiding the an essential in his mouth. Young viewers love come feel contained in this way, and also feel fully on side v Courage.